Abbey Vocational School Notes - 15.04.16

Abbey Vocational School Notes - 15.04.16

State Exams

The Junior Cert and Leaving Cert students continue with their oral and practical state exams this week. We wish all of our students well.

Evening Study

Evening study has commenced for the last term. If students still wish to avail of it they may do so by collecting a form at the school office.


We were honored to have Brian Mooney come to the school to speak to parents last Friday, 15th April to what was a very well attended talk.

Brain spoke on the implications of subject choices early in second level, the importance of Transition Year in developing a wide range of intelligences and competencies in 16 year olds. The perspective of a career as a life journey of discovery and not one off choice at Leaving Cert level. The nature of the options facing school leavers today and the nature of the world of work they will face during their working lives.


Students will travel to Lough Erne next Wednesday 20th April and will stay overnight while camping out. They will take part in a variety of outdoor adventure activities.


Our Transition Year Maths class are travelling to Lough Key Forest Park. They will take part in activities that will involve problem solving through maths. The main activity of the day will be the Boda Borg.

Transition Year

Foroige - Every Tuesday many of our students attend the Leadership Course. Some of these students helped with organising the Foroige Be Happy, Be Healthy. This course is near completion and students have found it to be an excellent series of workshops. Thanks to Kerri in foroige for supporting this course.


All Transition Year classes are presently composing a song for their showcase.

Each class will perform their piece on the night with students playing instruments and singing.

Lion King Workshops

The Transition Years are taking part in a Lion King workshop. In this workshop the students are creating the costumes for the local production of the Disney special The Lion King. In the recent weeks they have been planning the costumes, picking the materials and the colours and in the upcoming weeks they will begin creating the costumes and sets.

Ocean FM

On the 12th April our Transition Year students travelled to Ocean FM for their second week to make a mock-up of a Radio show. Each group of people held interviews with people from around the locality. They put together all the pieces into one large show. They then had to edit the whole show and remove all the filters. The show was then sent to the producer for the final edit. The students found this experience excellent.


On Monday our TY students will travel to the Abbey Arts Centre in Ballyshannon to watch their production of ‘Scrooge’ on the big screen. This musical took place earlier in the year and the show was a great success.


A youth day in Knock is being organised for the John Paul II award students on 26th April. Many TY students will attend on the day.

Mental Health Workshop

Foroige "Be Healthy, Be happy" - Our Transition Year students attended the Mental Health and Wellbeing day in the Abbey Hotel on Thursday 14th which was hosted by Foroige. Nikki Bradley, inspirational speaker spoke about her amazing story to over 250 teenagers from all around Donegal. Students received talks from Nutritionist, Blaithin Dooley, Jigsaw and Ryan O'Donnell. Everyone in attendance also took part in a fitness class with Teresa from the Energy Hub. It was thoroughly enjoyed by all our students.

Heritage Trail

A group of TY students are designing a heritage trail around Donegal Town, highlighting all the historical places around the town, for example the Old Abbey Graveyard, Famine Pots, Magees Factory, Harry Clarke Windows and many more. This group will be producing a booklet with all the information from each area and an activity to do at each area. Thank you to Caroline Timoney for leading out on this excellent project.

TY PE Trip

On Wednesday, 20th April TYs will paddle out to an island on Lough Erne where they will set up for the night. They will have a barbecue and activities on the island that evening and will also venture out on a night time paddle in large canoes before returning to a campfire for the night. The trip links in with the Gaisce challenge as they will paddle for 20kms over the two days. TY's are participating in surfing, self-defence, B fit and jiving as part of their PE activities.

Girls Active

As a reward for their handwork and commitment throughout the year, Girls active attended an activity day in Gartan. The girls participated in both indoor and outdoor activities, including rock climbing, orienteering and a night line. Due to the weather the girls returned much muddier than they arrived but a good time was had by all. Well done to all the girls.

Fun Run

Jim Breen visited the school last Tuesday 12th April in preparation for the Cycle Against Suicide which is taking place on the 29th April. He ran a 4km fun run with our Transition Year and 5th year students. He gave the students a very inspirational talk about his journey. The top five boys on the day were - Jack Keaney, Freddie Cullen, Joe Sheerin, Ronan McCauley and Matthew McKenna. The top five girls on the day were - Kate Smith, Damaris Scott, Jodie Walker, Layla Alvey and Anna Travers.

Primary School Athletics

The school is hosting the local Primary School Athletics Competition on our school track. Our Transition Year coaches will be officiating on the day in conjunction with Tirchonail Athletic club.


Training continues on Wednesdays at lunch time with Mr O'Neil.


Our 1st year boys travelled to NUIG in Galway to play their All Ireland playoff on Sunday 17th April. On the day, they played a total of three games. The team consisted of: Evan Gallagher, Thomas White, Richard O’Rourke, Christopher Darby, Oisin O’Donnell, Adam Maziri, Shane Meehan, Ryan Coughlin, Ultan O'Grady, Aaron Pearson and James McNamara.

Girls Basketball

Basketball training for girls continues on Wednesdays from 3.30 – 5.00 pm for 1st and 2nd year girls.

Well done to the Donegal Town Basketball Club U14 girls who won division 2 in the All Ireland Final last Saturday in the Antrim Forum.

Lidl All-Ireland Post Primary School Store Competition

Thank you to all of the family and friends of Abbey Vocational School who took the time to vote for us in the Lidl All-Ireland Post Primary School Store Competition. It is greatly appreciated. We would also like to thank Lidl for sponsoring all the prizes.

The school has won the following:

• A full set of Team Jerseys & Substitutes (25)

• 10 Training Footballs

• Stirrup Pump

• Chin Piece Water Bottles & Holders X 24 Bottles

• Full Sized Kit Bag

• Training Cones Sets

• Training Bibs X 2 sets (Different Colours)

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